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Young Champions of the Earth: Indian’s burning desire for energy

Vidyut Mohan has been named as a UNEP Young Champion of the Earth for 2020., by UNEP Vidyut Mohan has pioneered a portable machine which burns agricultural waste without releasing harmful greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere turning it into charcoal and fertilizer which can be used by farmers in India. Farmers have traditionally burnt waste…

Hunger rising in mountain regions due to biodiversity loss, climate change

It found that between 2000 and 2017, the number of mountain people vulnerable to food insecurity in developing countries grew from 243 million to almost 350 million.  “One in every two rural mountain people in developing countries do not have enough food to live a healthy life and they are now dealing with the impact…

UN makes progress on ‘greening the blue’

According to the latest edition of the Greening the Blue report 2020, from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN system with its 310,000 personnel spread across some 60 entities, also found innovative ways to fund these initiatives.   Among the practical examples, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in Uruguay upgraded its air conditioning system…

United Nations ActNow campaign joins forces with award-winning Baobab Studios to...

Baobab’s latest virtual reality experience, ‘Baba Yaga,’ debuting in January 2021 and starring Kate Winslet, Daisy Ridley, Jennifer Hudson and Glenn Close, is centered on the theme of ecological preservation. It invites viewers to a haunting fairytale world where their choices determine whether humanity and nature can live in balance. “Just like in ‘Baba Yaga,’…

‘Green recovery’ from COVID-19 can slow climate change: UN environment report

Speedy and strong climate action can, however, change the temperature trajectory, according to UN Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Emissions Gap Report 2020.  Released on Wednesday, the report highlighted the need for urgent investments in climate action as part of COVID-19 recovery, to bring the world closer to the Paris Agreement goal of at most a 2-degree…

Developing countries raise climate ambitions to plot path out of pandemic

UNDP is supporting 115 developing countries, to enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) – the specific steps that each country intends to take to help meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which committed the international community to restrict global warming to “well below 2 degrees Celsius” and aim, if possible, for 1.5C. Signatories to…

Climate Action: It’s time to make peace with nature, UN chief...

The landmark address marks the beginning of a month of UN-led climate action, which includes the release of major reports on the global climate and fossil fuel production, culminating in a climate summit on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Nature always strikes back Mr. Guterres began with a litany…

Contribution of life in soil ‘remains largely underestimated’, says UN agriculture agency 

Ahead of World Soil Day, marked on 5 December, FAO launched its first ever report on "The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity". The report examines the potential of soil organisms in ensuring sustainable agri-food systems and mitigating climate change.    "Soil biodiversity and sustainable soil management is a prerequisite for the achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals", said…

2020 may be third hottest year on record, world could hit...

The relentless rise of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere – a phenomenon that has continued despite a travel lull during the pandemic – will fuel temperature rise for decades to come.  “The average global temperature in 2020 is set to be about 1.2 °C above the pre-industrial (1850-1900) level. There is at least a one in…

The Handmaid’s Tale: making a drama out of a crisis

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